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oh, sorry! excuse us. shhh-shh! >>> face to face. president obama and mitt romney are set to square off tonight in the first of three debates before the presidential election. >>> attack investigation. lawmakers are raising questions about security at the u.s. consulate in benghazi and whether the death of ambassador chris stevens and three others could have been prevented. >>> bullying backlash. a television anchor responds to a viewer who criticizes her for being overweight. >> attacks like this are not okay. >> this is the "cbs morning news" for wednesday, october 3, 20 2012. good morning. good to be with you. i'm terrell brown. round one tonight. this evening president obama and mitt romney face off in the first of three scheduled debates. the topic tonight in denver domestic affairs including the economy, health care reform and imgrmigration and the clock is ticking. the election is less than five weeks away and the stakes are high. susan mcginnis is in washington. >> reporter: first debates get the most attention of all of them and the first 30 minutes are said to be the most
obama and governor mitt romney are back on the campaign trail today. mr. romney will be in virginia, and the president is going to deliver remarks in colorado and wisconsin. both candidates traded views on the economy and domestic issues last night in denver. tara mergener has more. >> reporter: mitt romney set the debate tone early. >> under the president's policies, middle-income americans have been buried. >> reporter: energetic and aggressive, romney slammed the president's economic record and laid out his own plan. >> there be will no tax cut that adds to the deficit. i want to underline that no tax cut that adds to the deficit. >> reporter: but the president repeatedly insisted that romney is calling for $8 trillion in tax cuts and spending that cannot be paid for without adding to the deficit or burdening more middle-income americans. >> it's math. it's arithmetic. >> reporter: the. also criticized his -- the president also chris sitees the -- criticized hid cal letter without -- his challenger of not providing more. the obama campaign is conceding that the extensive preparat
and danielle nottingham. >> derek, tonight's debate will be on domestic issues. president obama will make his case for the next four years and mitt romney will be more specific about his plans for the country. when mitt romney and president obama meet on this stage for their first debate, more than 50 million viewers are expected to tune in. greg is an important member of that audience. he is an undecided voter. >> i think they are talking directly to me. >> wayland's top issue, the economy. >> that's going to be the thing for me. someone that comes forward with a cohesive plan for america and where america fits into that. >> both candidates have spent hours rehearsing for this moment. they'll face each other for 90 minutes. president obama has to avoid any major missteps and explain to voters why unemployment is so high and the economic recovery so slow. >> i think what you'll hear the president do tonight is have a conversation directly with the american people about where we have been over the past four years and what we have to continue to do moving forward to strengthe
, that is all done with. we will have dualing candidates, president obama and candidate, mitt romney squaring off, fighting in the realm of ideas tonight. now conventional wisdom says debates can rarely help you, but they can hurt you and mitt romney will be looking to do damage to president obama tonight. meantime, in swing state, colorado, debates are coming down to the last minute for everybody. the candidates and those who will be running the show. for more, we go live to danielle nottingham. >> as you mentioned, both candidates are trying to avoid any major mistakes tonight. and it will be all about the economy tonight. the first three segments will be devoted to that topic. president obama will make his case for another four years to fix the comply and mitt romney will argue it's time for a change. when mitt romney and president obama meet on this stage for their first debate, more than 50 million viewers are expected to tune in. greg wayland is an important member of that audience. he's an undecided voter. >> i think they are talking directly to me. >> wayland's top issue, the econo
of the very same lines that he used to hammer president obama. now for his part, he needed to press his republican challenger. we've got that from the white house. >> reporter: the crowd at the conservative conference in colorado welcomed mitt romney with thunderous applause on thursday. the unscheduled stop was a victory lap of sorts, following a strong performance at the first presidential debate. >> trickle down government that the president proposes, it is one where he will raise taxes on small business, which will kill jobs. i want to keep the taxes down on small business so we can create jobs. >> reporter: an instant cbs news poll on the uncommitted voters showed romney won the first debate by a margin of 2- 1. speaking on thursday he continues to draw contrast with the president. >> we don't measure compassion by how many people we can put on food stamps. but we measure it by how many people you can get a good job to get off of food stamps. >> reporter: president obama came out swinging thursday, something critics say he should have done at the debates. >> the presidented told a
the president was fine. the president did what he had to do was an incumbent president. i'm sure obama fans were pleased. clearly from the early poll, romney camp is very happy tonight. this was a strong performance. an engaged performance and formed performance. and clearly he met -- his expectations may have been rather low, by the way, but he met and exceeded his expectations. >> what about the president? >> i think romney won tonight. i think he's going to have a high price to pay tomorrow. his policy positions are completely opposite. i think ekama cross strongly tonight, but -- he came across strongly tonight. when they look at the policy discrepancies and how that falls on the middle class, i think he's going to have to be clear on that. >> we're going to get to the performance in a minute, but did the candidates tell the truth in what they were doing when they sparred in this debate. gary nurenberg is at headquarters in mcclane with our fact checker who were following this blow by blow. >> reporter: they were following it blow by blow, and there were a lot of facts to try to unravel. a f
morning." a cbs news poll shows mitt romney outshines president obama in their first debate. >> a border clash erupts between turkey and syria, raising the stakes in the ongoing civil war. >> baseballas its first triple crown winner since 1967 and who want to tear down a house by one of america's greatest architect. >> we begin this morning with today's eye opener, your world in 90 seconds. >>> middle income americans have been buried. they are being crushed. >> mitt romney goes on the offensive. >> five weeks before the election he's saying his big bold idea is never mind. >> you're entitled to president to your own airplane and own house but not your own facts. >> where was obama tonight? >> we pundits don't know whether debates matter but we do know debates over whether debates matter matter. >> syrian targets in retaliation killing five civilians. >> very dangerous situation. >> a rare and deadly meningitis outbreak leads to steroid injections is now spreading. four people have died. >> miguel cabrera has become the first player to win the triple crown since carl yastrzemski in 1967.
mitt romney brought his campaign fresh off his first debate with president obama. >> last night was an important night for the country because people got to -- [ applause ] >> a whole lot of cheering over that debate. moments before he hit the stage romney spoke with fox news about his infamous 47% remark and chastised himself fort. he said, quote, it's just completely wrong. mr. romney was no doubt pleased with the reviews of last night's debate, most of which said the former massachusetts governor got the better of president obama. matt jablow spoke tonight with the man who knows a thing or two about presidential debates and said he was just stunned by president obama's poor performance. >> i love these debate. >> reporter: as long-time political correspondent for cnn, frank cesno covered more than his share of debates. >> '84, '88, '94, 2000. >> reporter: but none more interesting than last night's duel in denver. >> because of the expectations that went in were so completely divergent from the results that came out. >> reporter: currently the director of the school of media
of sexual assault. the charges were later dropped. >>> right now president obama and his republican rival are preparing for tomorrow night's first presidential debate. the outcome the debates could help decide the election. tara mergener reports that both campaigns are downplaying expectations. >> reporter: workers are setting the stage for wednesday night's presidential debate at the university of denver. both candidates are behind closed doors today getting ready. mitt romney is preparing in colorado and the latest polls show he is trailing the president in most swing states. >> we can do this. >> reporter: his running mate paul ryan is on a bus tour working to sway voters in iowa. >> our goal is to earn your support. we want to deserve this victory. >> reporter: vice president joe biden is in the battle ground state of north carolina today while president obama studies for the debate in nevada. he is holding practice sessions with former presidential candidate john kerry playing the part of mitt romney. on monday the president called campaign volunteers and told one of them what debate
at the first presidential debate president obama and mitt romney hit each other on the economy, health care and role of government in american's lives. >> the federal government has the capacity to help open up opportunity and create ladders of opportunity and create frame works where the american people can succeed. >> what we're seeing right now in my view a trickle down government approach which has government thinking it can do a better job than free people pursuing their dreams and it's not working. >> border violence, tensions ratchet up in the middle east as turkey and syria exchange fire in deadly clashes along their shared border. >> season for the ages. miguel cabrera, baseball's first triple crown winner in 45 years. this is the "cbs morning news" for thursday, october 4, good morning. good to be with you. i'm terrell brown. today both president obama and mitt romney return to the campaign trail following last night's debate in denver. as expected the economy dominated their first one on one showdown. romney came out swinging as the candidates argued tax policy, budg
debates between president obama and mitt romney just two days way now and if is happening in the key battleground -- it is happening in the key battleground state of colorado. they have specifics they hope to hear wednesday night. danielle nottingham has the latest from denver. >> reporter: mitt romney will hold his last public event before wednesday's debate here at this hangar in denver and his supporters here say there is little room this week for mistakes. inside this denver airplane hangar gop volunteers work the phones as crews set the stage for mitt romney's last rally before his first presidential debate. >> i think a lot of people are waiting until the debate wednesday. i think that's going to be a big sway for some people just to finally see them kind of go head to head. >> reporter: wednesday's debate at university of denver will focus on domestic policy. romney supporters want the gop nominee to show undecided voters how he'll jump start the slow recovery. >> i think he has solutions to our economic problems and that's really what's going to help everyone in this countr
wife quite a few times as he did during the convention. president obama needs to probably acknowledge the shortcomings of his administration, such as they are, and try to convince the american people that four more years of president obama will be more productive in creating jobs in the last four years. so both candidates have a great deal of work to do. the latest polling, derek, as you know, shows the race is tied up. shortly on the cbs evening news, we're going to talk to the president and mitt romney. >> the stakes sky high on this one. therefore the expectations have been ramping up by the hour. do these things live up to all that hype? >> sometimes they do, sometimes not. it depends. as you well know, there have been times, derek, that a single phrase in a debate such as this, has turned a campaign around or breathed new life into a flagging campaign. certainly that might be the kind of thing that mitt romney is eager to do tonight. but in the very first debate, their very first meeting here, i wonder whether both of them are going to play defense and get through the 90 minut
and will support president obama. romney originally stood by his remarks and described them as not elegantly stated but in an interview with fox news last night romney had a different explanation. >> clearly in a campaign with hundreds if not thousands of speeches and question and answer sessions, now and then you'll say something that doesn't come out right. in this case i said something that's completely wrong. >> both candidates campaign in battleground states today. romney work to capitalize on a strong debate, the president working to regroup. susan mcginnis covering it all in washington this morning. susan, good morning to you. >> reporter: back on the campaign trail mitt romney is trying to prolong the momentum that he got from that debate, president obama is seemed determined to make up for lost ground. romney's solid debate performance gave him a new spark on the. campaign trail. before an estimated 10,000 people in virginia he kept up his attacks on the president. >> what you didn't hear last night from the president why it is the next four years will be better than the last four years. >
watching the debate, 46% said governor romney won. less than half that thereby, 22%, said president obama won. 32% called it a tie. and look at this-- before the debate, only 30% of uncommitted voters said governor romney cares about their needs and problems. after the debate, that number more than doubled to 63%. on that same question, mr. obama's number went up as well, from 53% to 69. that was small consolation, though for a president whose debate performance has shaken up his campaign. we have reports tonight from our campaign 2012 team, and first, we'll go to nancy cordes, who is covering the president tonight. nancy. >> reporter: scott, even democrats are describing the president's performance as lack luster, and listless, and the campaign acknowledges it is going to have to reexamine its debate strategy. out on the campaign trail today, the president was in cleanup mode, trying to turn the tables on a triumphant mitt romney. >> when i got on to the stage, i met this very spirited fellow who claimed to be mitt romney. but it couldn't have been mitt romney because the real mitt romne
org. >>> romney's reform, as he prepares to debate domestic issues with president obama, mitt romney says he would allow some young illegal immigrants to stay in the u.s. >>> loose landings. two american airlines jets in three days are diverted after passenger seats come loose mid flight. >>> and striking abilities. there's more than meets the eye about this inspiring star of an online video. >> my disability doesn't define who i am. my disability gives me a challenge every day. captioning funded by cbs >>> good morning, everybody. good to be with you. immigration reform will likely be one of the key issues at tomorrow's debate between president obama and mitt romney. mitt romney says he'd honor work permits issued to young illegal immigrants issued by president obama. until now he hadn't said how he would address that issue. susan mcginness is covering it in washington. >> reporter: these are two-year work permits for these young people. romney says before they expire, he will put in a comprehensive immigration reform plan. the question now is will he give details on that at
. they'll be hard to convince without alienating voters already committed. the romney and obama campaigns agree on this. >> it is about the four or five percent of people who haven't been paying much attention to the campaign who haven't made up their minds. >> reporter: american university professor bob lehman. >> anything is possible in a debate. but in order for it to have real impact, romney would have to take risks and obama make mistakes. >> reporter: the risks for romney moving to the center in order to appeal to centrist voters risking setting off the right. still for for the ongoing ad war. >> people say romney should come in with zingers and try to make obama lose his cool. >> reporter: zingers make debate history. dan quail was comparing himself to jack kennedy. >> senator, you're no jack kennedy. >> but here's the punch line of that. who won the election? bush and quail. >> reporter: but staying cool under attack? >> here you go again. >> reporter: you get points. being too cool. >> if kitty dukakis were raped and murdered, would you favor an irrevocable death penalty for the
, the candidates are focusing their attention on colorado. president barack obama and governor mitt romney are making final preparations for their first debate. tomorrow night's focus, domestic policy with a heavy emphasis on the economy and jobs. joe biden spent his day campaigning in north carolina and republican running mate is due to arrive in charlottesville, virginia, tonight. >>> in pennsylvania, a judge has blocked that state's voter id requirement from taking effect by this election day. the judge says he's not quite convinced that every voter would be able to get a valid id in time. republicans who support the new law says it is aimed at keeping people have voting more than once. democrats, however, argue that it's aimed at keeping the elderly and minorities from voting at all. >> wusa9 is your go to station tomorrow night for the debate. 9news is teaming up with u.s.a. today. beginning at 9:00 p.m., u.s.a. today reporters are fact checking what the candidates have to say. you can watch the analysis live at wusa9.com. this morning, u.s.a. today white house correspondent talked w
a cold country event in abingdon. president obama held a campaign rally in george mason university. surae chinn joins us live from fairfawith more information. [ no audio ] all right, we're having some technical difficulty getting to surae chinn. we'll try and get back to her in a few minutes. >>> well, there's good news for the president because the jobs report was released today. and for the first time in four years, the unemployment rate dipped below 8%. very good news for the white house. no president has been re- elected with unemployment above 8% since the great depression. but republican challenger mitt romney says that those numbers are not good enough. tara mergener has more now from the white house. >> reporter: john keenan is repairing bikes these days. not in montana where he owns a farm with his wife but in springfield, virginia. >> i moved back in with my parents the same house i grew up in. >> reporter: keenan left behind breathtaking vistas and his cashmere sheep because jobs are more plentiful on the east coast. >> it's been is very poor economy for a long time. it's toug
"this morning." president obama sharpens his attack on mitt romney while the blame game over performance continues. >> the new jobs report is out this morning. what will that do the campaign? >> and bad news for drivers today. why gas prices are soaring to nearly $6 a gallon in some parts of the country. >> but we begin this morning wi today's "eye opener," your world in 90 seconds. >> now and then you'll say something that doesn't come out right. in this case i said something completely wrong. >> for the first time romney backed away from his controversial remarks about the 47% of americans who don't pay federal income taxes. >> this whole campaign is about the 100%. >> you want to be president, you owe the american people the truth. >> the only thing that could have salvaged president obama's performance if the body of bin laden fell from the ceiling on to the stage. >> the latest fallout for seat scare for american. >> we had a very unique situation. it's completely random. >> in just hours the latest jobs report is coming out. >> 12.5 million unemployed. 8.1%. >> gas prices are going
romney and president barack obama now cramming for tomorrow's first presidential debate in denver. the polls show most americans believe the president will win the first debate, but historically, it's the challenger who usually gets a boost. >> less important than what they say is how they appear, do they treat their rival with respect? do they connect with the audience? do they respond at the moment when they have to react? >> how do they look? how do they seem? >> tomorrow's debate focuses on the economy and the second half will address national concerns. and this is your no bull zone. we are teaming up with our sister paper, u.s.a. today, to bring you the facts in tomorrow night's debate. we will be fact checking what the candidates are saying we'll also have live screenings on our website. and watch 9news at 11:00 for the most comprehensive coverage you'll get. >> if you are not being anowed from all those political signs that use to clog the virginia highways, there's a reason for that. they're not the anymore. lawmakers got rid of the exception with which to allow politi
>>> good morning. it is tuesday, october 2nd, 2012. welcome to "cbs this morning." president obama and governor romney get down to business preparing for tomorrow's debate. >>> a new head ache for american airlines. the faa is now investigating why rows of seats are coming loose. >>> the killing of a young mother puts the spotlight on the border patrol, and caroline kennedy talks about just released autopsy of her father. >>> but we begin this morning with a look at today's eye opener. your world in 90 seconds. >> in my view, it's not so much winning and losing or even the people themselves, the president and myself. it's about something bigger than that. >> basically they're keeping me indoors all the time. it's a drag. [ laughter ] they're making me do my homework. >> president obama and mitt romney prepare for the first presidential debate. >> it is being called the most critical moment in the 2012 campaign. >> arguably the most important night of romney's political career. >> my husband is completely confident, completely balanced, completely capable of doing this. >> there are
. >>> tonight is the big night for the first of three debates. president obama and mitt romney set to square off in denver. >> the president's campaign is dealing with an october surprise after video of an old speech resurfaced. >> senator obama accuses the government of short changing victims of hurricane katrina. >> meanwhile republicans say joe biden just gave some great new material. >> how they can justify raises taxes on the middle class that's been buried the last four years. >> i'm sorry which candidate is he campaigning for? i'm confused. >> secretary clinton said she put together a commission to investigate the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. >> the pentagon put together a package to capture the terrorists that did this. >> american airlines plans to check 11 more planes for loose seat problems. the airlines blames improperly installed clamps that allowed seats dome loose. >> she was hit by a car, got stuck in its grill and managed to survive. >> the luckiest dog i've met. >> the back of a manatee. >> looking for the woman who did it. >> leave manatees alone. >> adam greenber
, the first debate between president obama and mitt romney just two days away now. it's happening in colorado. a key battleground state. inside a denver airplane hanger, gop volunteers worked the phones as crews set up the stage for mitt romney's last rally before his first presidential debate. >> people are waiting until the debate on wednesday. i think that's going to be a big sway for some people. just to finally see them kind of go head to head and see where they are on the issues. >> wednesday's debate at the university of denver focuses on domestic policy. romney supporters want the gop nominee to show undecided voters how he'll jump-start the slow economy. colorado is a battleground state that went for president obama back in 2008. a new washington post poll gives the president a comfortable 11-point lead in the swing states. the poll also shows 56% of voters think the fort president is going to win this first debate. sunday inlas vegas, he tried to dial back those expectations. >> governor romney, he's a good debater. i'm just okay. >> the president is staying in nevada until wednesda
. in fact he is repeating today some of the very same lines he used last last night against president obama. we will have the rest of that story at the white house. certainly invigorated his campaign. now a day later, the obama camp is trying to use his words against him. the crowd at the conservative conference in colorado welcomed mitt romney with thunderous applause on saturday. it was a victory lap. >> trickle down government that the president proposes is one where he will raise taxes on small business, which will kill jobs. i instead want to keep taxes down on small businesses to create jobs. >> an instant cbs news poll of the uncommittedded voters showed that he won the first debate by a margin of 2-1. speaking on thursday, he continues to draw contrast with the president. >> we don't measure compassion on how many people to put on food stamp and how many you can get a good job to get off the food stamps. >> reporter: president obama came out swinging on thursday, something that critics say he should have done at the debate. >> the president told the crowd of supporters in denver tha
. as surae chinn reports, mr. obama seemed to be making up for his performance in this week's debate. >> the president was in a comfort zone today at george mason university. >> i don't think a working mom in arlington should have to wait to get a mammogram because money is tight. i don't think a college student in fairfax or charlottesville should have to choose between textbooks or the preventive care that she needs. that's why we pass this law. >> he may joke. >> for all you moms and kids out there, don't worry, somebody is finally getting tough on big bird. >> without his rival, mr. obama took jabs at his opponent's comments about cutting funding to pbs. >> elmo has to watch out, too. governor romney plans to let wall street run wild again, but he's going to bring down the hammer on sesame street. >> and finally, it's what supporters had hoped he would have brought up at the debate, the 47% comment made by romney at a fund raising event missing the portion of americans expected to vote for the president. >> it takes more than one party. it certainly can't happen if you ar
. >>> hello. thank you for joining us. i'm jc hayward. president obama and g.o.p. challenger mitt romney square off tonight in the first of three presidential debates. bigad shaban reports that tonight's debate will focus on the economy, health care and other domestic issues. >> reporter: the stage is set for the first presidential debate. mitt romney trails in many battleground state polls. this is an opportunity to him to gain some ground. >> i think you're going to see the mitt romney that really cares about putting the american people back to work. i think that's the most important goal that the governor has. >> reporter: president obama will be pressing his own plan for the economy. but today he's facing new criticism over something he said during 2007 during his speech of a predominantly black office. he implied the bush administration was with holding recovery money after hurricane katrina based on race. >> what's happening down in new orleans? where's your dollar? >> reporter: all major media outlets covered the speech at the time. >> i'm a little amazed that as you mentio
of the hot topics between president obama and governor mitt romney health care and medicare. >> indeed. kristin fisher tracking the debate for us this morning. she's live in the satellite center trying to break it all down. these are complex issues. >> reporter: good morning. this debate was so focused on the economy that it took the candidates 45 minutes before they ever mentioned the words health care. but when they did, it was certainly one ever the more memorable exchanges of the night. lively exchanges of the night. at one point mitt romney told the president point blank that if elected, he would repeal his health care law to which the president responded by saying, but we've seen this model work really well in massachusetts. here's part of that exchange. >> i want to take the $716 billion you've cut it and put it back into medicare. by the way, we can include a prescription program. but the idea of cutting $716 billion from medicare to be able to balance the additional cost of obama care is in my opinion a mistake. with regards to young people coming along, i've got proposals to
: good evening, president obama and mitt romney meet here tonight on the stage behind me at the university of denver at the university of denver for their first debate. the stakes are high because 34 days before the election this race is still up for grabs. the latest poll of likely voters by the urinal shows the president with a 3-point lead over governor romney. 49% to 46%. but that's within the margin of error so it's very nearly a tie. the debate tonight is the first chance voters are going to have to size up the candidates side by side. we have a team of campaign 2012 correspondents covering the debate, but first, the candidates themselves. we caught up with the president and governor romney on the campaign trail. mr. president, the race as we speak is essentially tied. i wonder, do you think this is going to come down to the debates? >> well, i don't think that any single factor ends up making a big difference. i think the debates will matter to some undecided voters and to extent that we present a very clear choice for the american people hopefully we'll be able to
permits for young illegal immigrants granted by president obama in an executive order in june. it's the first time he's expressed support for the act. here's what he said in los angeles recently. >> president obama created what he calls a stopgap measure. those are his words for children who are brought here illegally through no fault of their own. instead of playing politics with these children, i will pursue permanent immigration reform. >> reporter: the president's executive order is a shortened version of the dream act, legislation that would grant citizenship to the same immigrants under certain conditions. mitt romney has opposed the bill in the past. >> pledging, quote, if i were elected and the congress have passed the dream act, would i veto it? the answer is yes. >> reporter: most polls show president obama with a very comfortable lead among hispanic american voters. a new survey from the hispanic center shows why that's important. this year nearly 24 million hispanic americans will be eligible to vote that far exceeds the 19 million who voted in 2008 and most of those v
station, ryan talked about what he called the unraveling of the obama administration's foreign policy. >> iran closer to a nuclear weapon, the russians are thwarting us every step of the world. people around the world sense america is weakening. when we project weakness abroad through the qirve indication of this administration, through the devastating defense cuts they're proposing, that means our enemies, our adversaries become more brazen. they're more willing to test us. >> congressman ryan also called the white house response to the consulate attack in libya, quote, slow and confused. >>> millions of americans will watch tonight's debate by some estimates maybe 50 million. it's in denver again at 9:00. it's just about one in five voters though who might be changing their vote based on what the candidates say in these debates. here's a look at a new poll from our partners at "u.s.a. today." it says 24% of people would call themselves obama voters say they could change their minds because of what happened in the presidential debates. it's 18% for people who identify themselves as r
obama at george mason university in fairfax. mitt romney in abingdon, virginia. as susan mcginnis reports romney is now talking about a topic which never came up at wednesday night's debate. >> reporter: mitt romney now says he was wrong when he said 47% of americans feel entitled to government handouts and don't take responsibility for their lives. he previously called his comment inelegant but defended it. however, last night, romney told fox news -- >> reporter: romney's solid debate performance gave him a new spark on the campaign trail. before an estimated 10,000 people in virginia, he kept up his attacks on the president. >> what you didn't hear last night from the president is why it is the next four years are going to possibly be better than the last four years. >> reporter: the obama campaign admits it needs a change in strategy for the next two debates. president obama held back from attacking romney during the debate but that changed when he returned to the campaign trail. >> i almost got to watch out. >> reporter: the president attacked romney's plan to cut subsi
looked so much better in comparison. for mr. obama, unemployment peaked in 2009 at 10%, now three e years later it's 7.8%. for both presidents, unemployment generally trended down all the way to election day. as you might expect, president obama and governor romney saw these numbers quite differently and we have two reports tonight. first, nancy cordes covering the president and she's in cleveland. nancy? >> reporter: scott, you could practically see the relief on the president's face today and not just because this news helped to change the subject from his shaky debate performance. high unemployment has been an albatross around his neck the past four years. today he mentioned the drop not once but twice starting at virginia. >> this morning we found out that the unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest level since i took office. (cheers and applause) more americans entered the work force, more people are getting jobs. >> reporter: around steady rain in cleveland where president obama shared a coat with the supporter who introduced him, he made it clear to a crowd of 9,000 that he unde
are living in poverty than when president obama took office and fifteen million more are on food stamps. president obama and i both care about poor and middle-class families. the difference is my policies will make things better for them. we shouldn't measure compassion by how many people are on welfare. we should measure compassion by how many people are able to get off welfare and get a good paying job. my plan will create twelve million new jobs over the next four years helping lift families out of poverty and strengthening the middle-class. i'm mitt romney and i approve this message because we can't afford another four years like the last four years. ♪ >>> virginia's candidates are spending the day in northern virginia for campaign 20 we know. george allen -- 2012. george allen joined a group for a roundtable and later met with the association of realtors. in a little more than an hour democrat tim contain will have a gathering at st. paul church in woodbridge. he held a women's meeting in fairfax this morning. house majority leader eric cantor is set to debate an opponent for onl
this afternoon. it closed out at 13610. it's good news for president obama. no president has been reelected or, should i say, since the depression, with unemployment above 8%. >>> but campaigning in virginia today, mitt romney says there is a reason unemployment sits at 7.8%. >> the reason it's come down is due to the fact that more and more people have just stopped looking for work. and if you drop out of the work force, if you give up and say look, i can't go back to work, i'm going to stay home. if you drop out all together, you aren't part of the employment statistics. >> president obama spent part of his day in virginia as well and speaking at a rally in george mason in fairfax. >> i'm surae chin on the campaign trail at george mason university in fairfax, virginia, where the president spoke. the first speaking event in virginia since the debate. >> more americans entered the work force. more people are getting jobs. >> it was his first talk in the battleground state of virginia since his performance at wednesday night's debate. >> in if anything, it would be positive job numbers an
candidates after their first debate last night. >> president obama has stomp scheduled in wisconsin. paul ryan and mitt romney are headed to fishersville, virginia west of charlottesville. kristin fisher is in the satellite center with more excerpts from the opening day. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. this was an excellent debate in the sense there really was no fluff, no personal attacks. the candidates really focused on the real important issues. the economy. now, one of the most confusing things though, any time you're talking about the economy, tax cuts, deficits, it can get confusing. one of the most confusing but important exchanges during the debate was a lengthy clash between the two candidates over their competing tax proposals. listen to this. >> governor romney's proposal that he's been promoting for 18 months calls for a $5 trillion tax cut on top of $2 trillion of additional spending for our military. and he is saying that he's going to pay for it by closing loopholes and deductions. the problem is he's been asked over a hundred times how you would close those dee d
it will be a great benefit to children. >>> mitt romney and president barack obama are all cramming now for tomorrow's first presidential debate that goes off in denver. >> colorado still a tossup state and both candidates are fighting hard for the women's vote. danielle nottingham is at the debate site in denver. >> anita, colorado may help decide november's election and women are a key voting group. they make up the majority of the undecided in the state and will be tuned in wednesday night. carrie and her husband serve up yogurt and lattes for a living. the small business owner is supporting president obama, in part because she believes his healthcare reform law will help her provide insurance for her employees. >> 20% for a corporation to buy insurance. >> carrie thompson believes mitt romney has a better plan for helping small business. she is eager to hear him make that case. >> i think the economy is probably a major issue that is on theforefront of most people's minds. i hope that he spells out his stance on it. >> colorado isn't just hosting the first presidential debate, it is a bat
the democratic incumbent-- 51-year-old barack obama-- and his republican challenger, 65-year-old mitt romney. it comes 34 days before the election-- though early voting is already under way in many states. the focus tonight is domestic issues, including the economy, still struggling to recover from the great recession. polls show the race is very close nationally, but in swing states that will tip the balance, the president is ahead. so he'll be trying to protect his lead and, for mitt romney, it's an opportunity for a breakout moment. in front of what could be the biggest audience he will have before election day. the sole questioner tonight is jim lehrer. it's the 12th time he's served as moderator. >> lehrer: good evening. from the magnus arena at the university of denver in denver, colorado. i'm jim lehrer of the pbs newshour and i welcome you to the first of the 2012 presidential debates between president barack obama, the democratic nominee, and former massachusetts governor romney, the republican nominee. this debate and the next three-- two presidential, one vice presidential-- are s
. obama with a slight lead, but a new poll out today shows romney with a 1% edge in the commonwealth. the question will be, can the president keep virginia blue? >> we will win a fairfax county again. we'll win virginia again. we'll finish what we started. >> at george mason university, surae chinn, 9news now. >> and the second presidential debate is scheduled for tuesday, october 16. >>> now we have breaking news for you from florida where there was a massive accident. a huge pileup. 30 to 40 vehicles involved on a highway overpass. all southbound lanes on i-75 shut down because of the crash. now the information is still coming into our newsroom. but despite all this debris, local news reports say only one trauma case. the sheriff's office says there are concerns about a possible tanker leak. maybe liquid calcium out on the roads, but that's not considered hazardous. we are following this developing story. we'll have updates if they are warranted. anita. >> some passengers consider this a critical safety issue, but the transit agency is complying with the americans with disabili
state that went for president obama in 2008. republicans here say they've already made four times the phone calls as this time four years ago. a new washington post poll gives the president a comfortable 11 point lead when it comes to swing states like colorado. >> i feel like he actually has a plan, whereas romney i haven't seen specifics really. >> reporter: the poll also shows 56% of voters think the president will win the first debate. sunday in las vegas he tried to dial back those expectations. >> governor romney, he's a good debater. i'm just okay. >> reporter: the president is staying in nevada to study up for wednesday. romney will be hunkering down in denver. recent polls show mitt romney is trailing in most must win states. his team is hoping a good performance on wednesday will help shift the momentum. in denver, danielle nottingham, anita, back to you. >>> for months now we've been getting both political parties' spin on the election. now it's time for just the facts no, more bull and we are your go to station including for wednesday night's debate. 9news is teaming
hiked as game changers but even last month the obama advisors were saying they expect mitt romney to get a big boost from the media and in the polls after wednesday night. is that what we should expect to see? >> it's amazing how both sides can fall over each other to say nice things about each other right before the debate. i think the one and only time they'll say anything nice about each other. it's an interesting situation, for mitt romney, this debate is very important. he does need a game change. he's behind. there's time but time is running out so he needs to reverse momentum. for president obama, he needs to keep the momentum going. he wants to keep romney on the defense and that's what he's going to look to accomplish with the debate. >> it's going to be very tough. we're talking about the economy and the president has to answer that infamous question are we better off today than four years ago. seems like his advisors have even had problems answering that question. >> yeah. but at the same time he's definitely i think sort of turned the question into well, yes, we aren't better
obama and mitt romney square off in the first of three presidential debates tonight. >> tonight's format will consist of six segments. governor romney and the president spent most of their tuesdays in debate prep. vice president biden said something that got a quick agreement from his opponent. >> how they can justify raising taxes on the middle class that has been buried the last four years. >> they're being buried by the obama administration's economic failures. >> the obama campaign responded by saying congressman ryan took the vice president's comments out of context. 50 million people are expected to watch tonight's debate. >>> tonight the presidential debate between president obama and governor romney as we said will focus on domestic issues. we asked on facebook which topics do you hope the candidates will address. mickey writes how they propose changing social security. emily moon says the economy and job creation. and mark asks why we're paying almost $4 a gallon for gas. we here at 9news now in partnership with our sister paper "u.s.a. today" will be keeping track to see if the
owe bottom ma -- president obama says that's what romney wants to do romney says not me. >> his central economic plan calls for a $5 trillion tax cut on top of the extension of the bush tax cuts. that's another trillion dollars and $2 trillion in additional military spending that the military hasn't asked for. >> i don't have a $5 trillion tax cut. i don't have a tax cut on the scale you're talking about. my view is we ought to provide tax relief to people in the middle class. >> reporter: all right. two contending points there. only one can be right. paul singer, political editor at "u.s.a. today," who's right? >> mitt romney does have tax cuts in his plan. the issue is it really a $5 trillion tax cut because what he says it will make more revenue because it creates more jobs. those people then start paying taxes. so it doesn't actually cut revenues to the government. but there are cuts in the tax rate that individuals pay. i'm not sure how to count whether that is or is not a tax cut. >> reporter: bottom line, $5 trillion not $5 trillion or there is no bottom line? >> the romn
poll by the "washington post" finds the race still very tight nationwide with president obama leading mitt romney by two points, 49% to 47%. but in two of the biggest swing states, the states that will decide the election, the president has a bigger lead. in florida, a quinnipiac university/cbs news/"new york times" poll has the president ahead by nine points, 53% to 44%. in ohio he leads governor romney by ten points, 53% to 43%. john dickerson is our cbs news political director. john, some republicans are complaining these polls aren't painting an accurate picture. do they have a case? >> reporter: well, they have a case when they remind us that polls are a snapshot in time and that things can change. really what we should look at in polls is the trends and how things are moving over time, the currents. and right now those favor barack obama. the polls are really more like a painting than they are a digital photograph. one of the other complaints is that pollsters are talking to too many democrats. in 2004 democrats said pollsters were talking to too many republicans. it's a standar
. the latest preelection polling in ohio-- the second-biggest battleground state-- shows president obama with a ten-point lead over mitt romney, 53% to 43%. dean reynolds is in the buckeye state tonight with the voters. dean? >> reporter: scott, back in 2008, nearly 30% of ohio's more than seven million voters cast their ballots before election day, and the campaigns this time around would love to see them increase that percentage. >> three, two, one! (cheers and applause). >> reporter: what some are calling election month began in ohio promptly at 8:00 a.m. some voters had overnighted in the parking lot outside a columbus polling place. >> i think there's been a lot of controversy about early voting. >> reporter:'m reld hernandez was there bright and early. >> for me it's a convenience, i can come in and get it done. >> reporter: you spent the night, though, to be one of the very first. >> i did. i was pretty excited. i thought why not? it's something different. i can say once in my life i camped out to vote. >> reporter: the names of the early voters are reported by the county board of
obama is scheduled to be in fairfax. we'll take a look at the day after that first debate. >> it's the first day of the rest of the presidential campaign. the denver debate in the mirror. they will hit the campaign trail in battleground states. >> how did dad do last night? [ cheering ] >> reporter: he made a surprise spot here at the action committee. the crowd and the candidates were clearly energized from what is widely viewed as the major debate victory. >> i know that this will be a close fought battle. >> reporter: at the campaign stop, the president took aim at some of romney's debate claims. >> when i got on to the stage, i met a very spirited fellow who claimed to be mitt romney. but you know it couldn't have been mitt romney, because they have are been running around the country for the last year. and they are showing $5 trillion to pay for the wealthy. and last night, he said he didn't know anything about that. >> reporter: with election day less than five weeks away, it remains to be seen if the debate success translates into votes. both men have schedules packed with
films. the co-chairman harvey weinstein is a prominent fundraiser for the obama re- election campaign. the president of "national geographic" says the film's air date is not political. owens said the date was scheduled to start the channel 12 season. >>> the u. n. security council condemned syria for shelling a town in turkey. it left five people dead and dozens more injured. >> this is the first time the full security council has agreed to a resolution against syria. the council said the attack on turkey points at how the battle in syria has an impact on the region. monica villamizar has more. >> reporter: turkey's parliament said it's not declaring war on its neighbor. the government can now send troops or war planes across the border to attack syrian targets if turkey feels threatened. the turkish military fired for a second straight day. a rocket launched from syria hit a turkish town killing two women and three children. residents say they feel the war next door has spilled over. he says we are scared to death of when another bomb will strike. syria has apologized for the inciden
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